Review Riu Palace Punta Cana| The best all-inclusive hotel in Dominican Republic

Located on the paradisiacal beach of Arena Gorda, the Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana offers an unforgettable escape. With a presence in more than 50 countries, the Riu Palace chain is an icon recognized for its luxury and sophistication. Its history dates back to 1953 in Mallorca, Spain, when the Riu family founded this vacation company. Since that first hotel, the Riu San Francisco, the chain has grown in a big way.

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Riu Palace’s philosophy focuses on excellence in customer service, a tradition rooted in its beginnings. It is distinguished in the hotel industry for its commitment to quality and personalized service. With impeccable standards of luxury, the Riu chain offers an exclusive experience in hotels located in key destinations in Europe, America, Africa and Asia. More details about this hotel can be found below.

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Services offered by Riu Palace

The Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana is a luxurious 4.5-star establishment. It dazzles with a wide range of services designed to captivate its visitors at every moment of their stay.

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This resort offers an integral experience: from culinary enjoyment to relaxation in its luxurious rooms, fun in the pools and endless entertainment. Let’s take a look at some of its services:

  • All-inclusive 24 hours: the Riu Palace prides itself on its “All-inclusive 24 hours” concept, which encompasses a wide and exquisite range of gastronomy and beverages available at any time of the day.

From dawn to midnight, guests can delight in a variety of culinary options that include international, local and innovative culinary creations.

In addition, the open bar of premium and refreshing beverages is available in all the resort’s bars and restaurants, ensuring an unlimited dining experience.

  • Rooms: With more than 600 rooms, the Riu Palace stands out for its comfort and luxury. Each room is equipped to provide a first-class lodging experience.

Guests can enjoy modern amenities: free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, minibar with beverage dispenser, coffee maker, safe, sitting areas with sofa and so on.

The rooms also offer the enjoyment of views from private balconies or terraces, adding a special touch to the lodging experience.

According to some TripAdvisor users, the adults-only Riu Palace Macao in Punta Cana may be an excellent choice. However, the best room will depend on your individual preferences, whether you are looking for gastronomic diversity, room service or spotless rooms.

  • Leisure facilities: Riu Palace’s recreational facilities are designed to meet the entertainment and relaxation needs of its guests. Water entertainments guarantee fun for all ages, with access to three outdoor swimming pools, including a children’s pool with slides.

Direct beach access from the resort offers unforgettable days of sun and sand, while the Splash Water World water park adds thrilling attractions to complement the fun in the sun.

  • Gastronomy: the gastronomic offer of the Riu Palace is a delight for the most demanding palates. The hotel’s various restaurants feature the best of Italian, Spanish, Japanese and culinary fusions, each with its own charm and authenticity.

The resort’s chefs strive to use fresh, local ingredients to create dishes that combine traditional and innovative flavors. Themed dinners add a dash of excitement to the culinary experience, allowing guests to explore and enjoy different gastronomic offerings during their stay.

  • Entertainment: The Riu Palace has activities for everyone, offering a complete entertainment program for the whole family: from fun-filled daytime activities to nighttime shows that captivate the senses.

Adults can enjoy live performances, music and shows, while the little ones can immerse themselves in the RiuLand Kids’ Club, with programs designed for their entertainment and enjoyment. In addition, the sports facilities and the beach offer options for those looking to stay active during their stay.

  • Price: Room rates at the Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana vary according to the season, type of room and services offered. In general, average room rates tend to be around $146 per night. For updated and accurate information, it is advisable to contact the hotel directly or consult reliable booking platforms.

According to user reviews on Tripadvisor, the hotel has an outstanding rating of 4.0.

Transportation from the airport to the Riu Palace

The Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana is located approximately 25.7 kilometers from Punta Cana Airport (PUJ), with a travel time by car or bus of approximately 30 minutes, depending on traffic.

To get to the hotel you have several transportation options available:

  • Direct cab from the airport to the hotel.
  • Bus combination to Plaza Bávaro and then a cab to the hotel.
  • Transfer services, such as Punta Cana Transfer, offer reservations for a hassle-free trip from the airport.
  • As a Riu Class member you can access special offers, accumulate reward points, get bonuses at different hotels and enjoy free transfer services at some destinations.

Riu Palace Punta Cana Reviews

Here are some opinions about the products and services offered by the hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana:

Excellent service, we had fun with the variety of activities and culinary delights. The beach is in front, there are several bars and restaurants with a variety of food and drinks, you can access the neighboring hotels that are of the same RIU line.“.
-Yesid – Tripadvisor
Beautiful hotel and grounds. Beach of soft sand and impeccably clean. Amazing staff, especially attentive at the buffet. Request Edwin and Frank as your waiters at the buffet. Beverage service at the pools and on the beach. Beach vendors are not aggressive or intrusive. Overall score: 4/5. Points lost for food quality and preparation: often cold and overcooked with no allergy labeling“.
-Deborah Cote –
I really enjoyed the dinner selection. The hotel staff was not so helpful in arranging our room; I tried to contact them several times for special arrangements because it was a honeymoon trip, but they only did so after I left a tip at the front desk.“.
-Ayling –
We selected this resort because we previously stayed at Riu Palace Macao in Punta Cana and it was a great experience. However, this time it was not so good. Despite common areas in good condition, problems at check-in, poorly maintained rooms and cockroaches in the bar.“.
-Olga – Tripadvisor

It is important to note that the opinions expressed reflect the perspective of each user and may vary. In an effort to provide a complete and balanced view, we present diverse commentaries in Your Dominican Guide.

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